Jul 27 2016

Wedding Series: How to Do The Mix and Match Bridesmaids Look

First let me start by warning all you sweet and thoughtful brides that this is not the easy route! You’re bridesmaids will love you, but for the bride it definitely adds some additional issues to think about. I went this route because I wanted my ‘maids to choose a style they were comfortable in, a price point that worked for them and I loved the idea of having a perfectly mismatched look that showed off each of my very different bridesmaids’ personalities. I absolutely loved how to it turned out, but like I said, not a total cinch. I’ll walk you through some tips on how to achieve the look with as little stress as possible along.

BeFunky Collage (1)

#1: Tell Them and Show Them Exactly The Look You Are Going For

I made an inspiration board for my girls to show the general look I was hoping to achieve. I also gave them general guidelines, “Dresses should be: Long, tasteful and blush (very light pink), the more different textures the better (beaded, lace, etc). You can borrow, rent or buy off the rack, doesn’t have to be a bridesmaid dress line” I also gave them links to dresses in a range of price points that I thought could work. Everyone and every dress designer has different version of what neutrals like champagne, blush or taupe looks like, so pictures or swatches are key.

Bridesmaids_InspirationBoard

#2: It’s All About the Texture

 If you’ve seen this look done more than a few times these past few wedding seasons, you probably know it can easily go wrong. In my opinion, no matter what the color palate is, the key is to make sure you have dresses with different textures, some beaded, some lace, some chiffon (but definitely not all chiffon). If you are doing different brands and different shades of a similar color, texture is key.

Bridesmaids_DressIdeas

#3: Get Final Bride Approval & Be Honest

 You are most likely doing this because you are trying to be a considerate bride, so don’t feel bad asking to see the dresses before they purchase them and be honest when they show you. If you don’t like the style, it’s too revealing, too similar to your dress, too similar to some of the others girls’  dresses — just ask them for a few more options. They will totally understand and in the end you’ll be happier than if you kept your mouth shut and hated all those pricey photos.

Few more shots of how ours turned out:

174R copy

blush_mismatched_bridesmaid_dresses

BridesmaidsTalking_ copy

Final Tip: A Way to Make it More Foolproof

While I loved how mine turned out, it wasn’t a cinch. If you are nervous about it, try choosing different shades or colors from the same bridesmaid dress line, that way you can see how all of the colors look together but your ‘maids can still choose what style looks best on them. Though pricey, our favorite for this look is the Amsale line.

We’d love to see photos and hear tips on how you pulled off a similar look at your wedding. Tell us in the comments below!

Share:

Jul 20 2016

Handmade and Custom Gift Ideas We Love

There is so something special about the feeling you get when you give or get a custom or handmade present. Whether it’s the story behind the maker, how you found it or how it was made completely just for them, it’s our favorite way to gift. We rounded up some TGI faves to get you thinking about great custom or handmade gift ideas. ‘Tis always the season to be gifting!

1.    The Crafted Cup Company: Stout Tankard

We love these pewter tankards made by hand in England. Not only are these mugs completely safe to drink from (thanks to the lead-free pewter used), they will not tarnish. Safe to drink from, cool looking, and long lasting? Um, yes please!

Crafted_Cup_A999L_1_pt_2__11143.1448671792.513.386

Via: Crafted Cup Company (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

2.    All Pop Art: Comic Portrait

These comic portraits are giving us all the feels! Perfect for a wedding gift, housewarming gift or just a plain surprise, these portraits will brighten up any home. Send in any photo to All Pop Art and they will turn it into a cool Lichtenstein-style Pop Art Photo.

apa-prodi-sample-2-xl

 

 

Via: AllPopArt 

3.    C & T Custom Lures: Fishing Lure

Surprise someone with a custom fishing lure to make sure they’re the coolest one on the water. TGI especially loves this custom lure that acted as a new dad present! These hit the trifecta- sentimental, practical and custom made.

iap_640x640.1055206297_epspa3e3

Via: C&T Custom Lures (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

4.    Inner Vision Studio: Handmade Placemats

We cannot get enough of these handmade art print placemats painted in soothing colors. They are perfect to make any home or outdoor space truly unique. These are perfect for housewarming, wedding, or birthday gifts.

floralmontagePlacematFLTsig_94da901f-6170-4df8-8ed0-f74b0743c1c6

Via: Inner Vision Studios (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

5.    Minted- Birthstone Art Print

The perfect gift for the zodiac lover! These handmade birthstone canvases are classy and personal. Great for birthday, mother’s day or just a simple “treat yo-self” gift.

MIN-ZQR-GNA-007_A_APZ

Via: Minted

6.    Bees Gift Ideas: Butt Key Ring

We absolutely love these hysterical key chains. Brighten up your significant others’ day by attaching one of Bees handmade keychain gifts. And PS- we hope everyday is as nice as your butt.

butt_keyring_-_gift_1024x1024

Via: Bee’s Gift Ideas (10% OFF CODE: GIFTINSIDER10)

We want to hear from you! What is the best custom or handmade gift you’ve ever given?

*We handpick our favorite gifts and all opinions are honest and our own. Some products we have affiliate relationships with and some we some list monthly on our site.

Share:

Jul 18 2016

Wedding Series: 1 Year Later, A Look Back at Our Wedding Day

It’s been 365 days since Jon and I tied the knot. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. Throughout the year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding, What We Put In Our Welcome Bags, What We Registered For and plenty of other fun details about the wedding planning process. Today we are just sharing a few of our favorite professionally captured photos of the day as we reminisce on some of our happiest moments.

floral_liner_wedding_invite

026

LindsayRobertsJonScheyTownsendHotelBirminghamWedding

084R

LindsayRoberts_JonSchey_MichiganWedding

Blush_Bridesmaids_Dresses

JonScheyGroomsmen

233R

BridesmaidsTalking_ copy

Birmingham_Michigan_Wedding

Townsend_Hotel_Birmingham_Wedding

LindsaySchey_JonSchey_Wedding

White_Dance_Floor_Initial_Dance_floor

Townsend_Hotel_Metro_Detroit_Wedding

Townsend_Hotel_Breath_of_Spring_Wedding

Birmingham_Michigan_Roberts_Schey_Wedding

Gold_Foil_Napkin_Coasters

White_Dance_Floor_Wedding

LindsayRobertsJonScheyWedding_PolkaDot_PocketSquare

LindsayJonScheyWedding

672

Lindsay_Roberts_Jon_Schey_Wedding

BlushandGoldWeddingPaperGoods

Wedding_Welcome_Bags

Photo credit: Laurie Tennent Studios

Share:

Jul 13 2016

Wedding Series: Gifts We Gave The Day of Our Wedding

It’s been almost a year since our wedding. WOW! This past year we’ve shared 17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our WeddingWhat We Put in Our Welcome BagsWhat We Gave Our Bridesmaids and How We Chose Our Wedding Invitations. This post is all about the other gifts we gave the day of our wedding — the gifts for my handsome groom, my wonderful in-laws and my I-Can’t-Thank-Them-Enough parents. Browse below for tips and links to #whatthegiftinsidergave.

Hankie for Mom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The quote I used for my Mom’s hankie was from one of our favorite books growing up (and I’m sure a lot of yours too!), I loved the idea of using that quote on a hankie. I found the custom floral hankie on Etsy, personalized it with our date and names and chose a style that complimented the robes we gave our bridesmaids and the floral liner of our invitation.

Hankie for Dad 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This hankie I found on Etsy had the perfect, sweet sentiment for my Dad. My Dad tends to be a bit of a happy crier (he’s the sweetest.) So loved the hankie idea for him. All black and white and simple. Something he’ll hold onto forever.

In-Law Wine + Labels

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I wanted to give my future in-laws something little yet sentimental. It’s your wedding after all, so don’t go too big and pricey with the gifts for your parents/in-laws. I bought two nice bottles of vino, some gold polka dot wine bags, matching gift tags and pasted on this heartfelt, personalized note.

Cold Feet Socks, Cuff Links and Pocket Square for my Groom 

0063_0063

086 copy

I had one of my bridesmaids deliver my groom a pair of socks with a label that read “In Case You Get Cold Feet” to his door the day of the wedding. Another cute but little Etsy find.

068 copy-smaller

As my main gift, I gave him a pair of simple black cufflinks with our wedding date engraved on the back.

IMG_0128 copy_smaller

I searched online everywhere for the perfect black and white polka dot pocket square that I had seen on Pinterest. I finally found it 2 days before our wedding at a little shop right down the street from our home! It was perfect.

What were some of the small, sweet and sentimental things you gave the special people the day of your wedding? Tell us below!

Share:

Jul 11 2016

Give a Star with Star Register (20% OFF TGI Deal!)

slide-2

name a start

Want the utmost romantic and easily last-minute gift? Give a star or better yet, twin stars to your sweetie! Gift set includes a personalized & official PDF Certificate, Star Map and limited offer photo book and celestia software. Receive the gift in under 24 hours, perfect for last-minute anniversary gifts. View the Star in the Official Online Star Registry.$34.99 & up

TGI Deal// Coupon Code GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

Available at starregister.org

*this post is a collaboration with a sponsor we love, Star Registry

Share:

Jun 10 2016

2016 Dads and Grads Gift Guide

Summer is here which means it’s time for Dads and Grads gifting season. We have rounded up some great gifts for Dads, some cool options for grads and some ideas that are perfect for either.

DADS+GRADS_banner

1. Artifact Uprising Photo Gifts (TGI Deal!!)

05_shop-all_wood-calendar-classic

This hip + modern photo gift company has perfect options for both Dads and Grads. Try their wood calendar, desk blocks or Instagram friendly photo books. Their styles are great for minimalist design-lovers and the site is easy to use and easy to upload. $24

TGI Deal! Use code SUMMERGIFTS for 10% off

Available at Artifact Uprising

2. Kiko Leather Goods (TGI Deal!!)

302_black_1_1024x1024

Kiko Leather goods have a range of practical & sleek leather options. We are big fans of the passport holder, cord wrap and leather backpack. Lovin’ the dual texture of wool & leather on the Passport case. Handmade, 2 card slots on front. $35

TGI DEAL! Use Code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off.

Available at kikoleather.com

3. Olio Smart Watch

FXT11136.0

This smartwatch is the brainchild of former Apple and HP product designer Steven Jacobs. It syncs with your smartphones and bluetooth devices to give total command over your digital life. It’s powered by Olio Assist, which is basically a cloud-based personal assistant. We love that while it’s a smartwatch it’s still rugged, useable and easy to read. $445

Available at OlioDevices.com

4. Neon Wall Decor 

IMG_6007

Neon signs have been a huge trend in home decor lately. Gift the grad a “Hustle” wall sign or trending palm tree desk light or have this talented artist design any custom sign you’d like for Dad’s Man Cave. Hustle, $159.99, custom prices range

Available at neonmfg.com

5. Cologne + Travel Bag Sets

PRFM-202038
When going the fragrance route for your Dad or Grad, we love the latest gift sets out for men that pair a fragrance with a practical tote or travel kit. Try the bright orange Vince Camuto set that comes with spray, shower gel and a travel kit for $75. Fill the bag with a few extra thoughtful goodies your Dad or Grad might love and you have a perfect under $100 gift for him!

Available at Perfumania

6. Michigan Made Inspirational Keys from Franklin Village Boutique

Franklin Village Boutique

For the grad who you want to inspire, try these key necklaces from the charming Franklin Village Boutique. Each vintage key is Michigan-made and embellished with an inspirational word or phrase, “Dream”, “Journey”, “Strength” etc. You’ll find a whole shop full of other equally affordable yet one-of-kind clothing, gifts and chic pieces right in downtown Franklin. ~$35

Available at Franklin Village Boutique, 32716 Franklin Rd.

7. Cinema Lightbox Display

MyCinemaLightbox_LetsBeAdventurers_grande

A huge trend in insta-worthy apartments and home offices lately are retro-inspired cinema lightboxes. This medium sized style from MyCinemaLightBox can be used on a desk, dorm, office or nightstand and your new grad can easily switch up their inspirational words or messages anytime they like. $49.99

Available from mycinemalightbox.com

8. Blackwood Leather Wallets (TGI DEAL!!) 

15161_BLK2TTAN_FT_large (1)
Cool gift for any man, Dad OR Grad. Blackwood wallets are 100% European leather, known for their quality, cool minimalist designs and handsomely packaged, many choices of styles & materials. $55 – $85

TGI DEAL! 20% off Father’s Day coupon code BWFD2016

Available at blackwoodonlinestore.com

9. Keurig Bright + Compact Colorful Coffee Maker

Keurig-K15-brewer-jade

Keurig K15 coffee makers are small, come in a huge range of different fun colors and are perfect for a new apartment, dorm, man cave or office. Now the hard part is picking the color! (Insider Tip: for grads, try the color of their alma mater or new university) $99

Available at Keurig

10. Photos Etched in Crystal from 3D Laser Gifts (TGI DEAL!!)

fathersdayfam

We’re all about photo gifts and this company is a unique spin on the typical frame + photo. You send in a photo and 3D Laser Gifts will mold your photo into a 3 dimensional design and then laser etch into a piece of crystal and comes with a LED light base that accentuates engraving. Prices range, flat is $110

TGI DEAL! Use Code:GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off

Available at 3Dlasergifts.com

11. Montez Renault Grooming Line 
body-kit-box_1024x1024
Men’s grooming line with a healthy-living ideology and perfectly gift-able Body and Skin Kit options. Montez Renault was founded by former football teammates & men’s grooming entrepreneurs Christopher Renault Butler & Karlos Montez Dansby. The Body Kit and Skin Kit includes all parabon-free and sulfate-free essentials he needs to stay fresh! Body Kit, $59
Line available at nordstrom.com

—–

Watch us chat live about these gifts on Fox Chicago and ABC Detroit below. Browse our Fathers Day or Graduation sections for more inspo.

Share:

Jun 7 2016

Pinterest Picks: Six DIY Graduation Gifts That Everyone Will Love

Warm weather is here, school is out, and everyone is celebrating! It’s finally time to toast off the end of the school year with graduation BBQs and parties. We all know that celebrations and gift giving can get quite pricey, so The Gift Insider rounded up our six favorite DIY Grad Gifts that will not break the bank!

1. A Framed Emergency Fund

77a6acbd0d5aac89fc8d05638369ba76

This idea is not only cute, but it is functional! This is a perfect gift for the grads heading to college in the fall. Trust us, they will thank you when it is time for that late night pizza order.

Via: How Does She

2. Suprise Money Confetti Poppers

Suprise Money Popper

A confetti popper always makes things more fun, especially when it always some cash.

Via: studio diy 

3. BFF “Where It All Began” Frame

il_570xN.829934615_ioku

Starting a new chapter is beyond exciting, but leaving friends behind is arguably the toughest part. This DIY map idea is the perfect gift that will have your BFF thinking about you every time they look at their wall.

Via: Handmade HQ 

4. DIY Origami Money Graduation Caps

DIY Money Graduation Hats

 

Another adorable DIY way to give the always needed cash! Origami them into Graduation Caps and add some cute tassels.

Via: SugarandCharm

5. The Ultimate College Survival Kit

cfd4faa05afff81955b1e1ed6e4e4222

This DIY gift is the ultimate lifesaver. Put together a little package with a bunch of items that will definitely come in handy for the grads’ first year away from home. TGI Tip: Put all of these things into a small wastebasket for their dorm! That way the packaging is as functional as the gift!

Via: Meijer

6. Memory Jar

6238549611b5fc77125a669ea2bd1077

While going off to college is beyond exciting, it can be a lonely change at first. Help make that transition easier buy having loved ones & friends of the grad write down a special memory and compile them all in a cute & decorated mason jar!

Via: About

Grads, we want to hear from you! What sort of gifts are you hoping for? Check our Dads and Grads Pinterest board for more inspo!

Share:

May 30 2016

Our Housewarming Party: DIY Watermelon Kegs, String Lights and a Painted Giant Jenga

We had a blast this past weekend hosting a big Housewarming BBQ at our new home. We wanted to add some fun and whimsical DIY elements to the party and thought we’d share how we did them with all of you! To spice up the bar we made a DIY Watermelon Keg, we brightly painted a Giant Jenga and kept the party going late-night with some outdoor string lights. We had a boho outdoor pillow seating concept planned, but unfortunately a last-minute rainstorm hindered that one a bit. So we’ll save that for next time! Now on to our tips and tricks for adding these elements to your party.

How to Make a Watermelon Keg

Step 1: Cut the Top Off

Making a Watermelon Keg

Step 2: Scoop it out

Making a Watermelon Keg

Step 3: Get your Watermelon Keg Tapping Kit ($23) ready!

Making a Watermelon Keg

Step 4: Use included cutter to punch hole in lower part of watermelon and insert tap

Making a Watermelon Keg

Step 5: Fill with drink of choice and enjoy! We chose Margaritas to make it extra fun.

How to Set Up DIY Party Lights

Supplies:

- Quickrete concrete

- Wood poles 8 ft or taller

- Big planters or buckets

- Hooks Eyes

- 3-4 Sets of Outdoor String lights 

Step 1: Put concrete in buckets with wood poles

How to Put Up Party Lights

Step 2: Add water, make sure poles stay straight and let dry over night

how to hang string lights

Step 3: Attach hooks to poles and wherever else you are hooking string lights (we did poles on one side, attached to our garage on the other and zig zaged them.)

how to hang string lights

Step 4: Hook lights aroung hooks, attach to eachother and plug into electrical

how to hang string lights

Step 5: Wait for the sun to set and enjoy! (We highly recommend a hammock as well!)

how to hang string lights

How to add some DIY flare to a Giant Jenga

Step 1: Paint around 1/3 of the pieces of your Giant Jenga ($99) bright and happy colors! We chose to match the colors of our party: teal, purple and green

DIY Party Jenga

Step 2: Let dry overnight

DIY Party Jenga

Step 3: Let the games begin!

DIY Party Jenga

We’d love to hear ways you guys have added fun flare to your summer parties in the comments below!

Share:

May 20 2016

The Five Best Gifts to Thank Your Teachers

GIFTS FOR TEACHERS

It’s almost the end of the school year, and we all want to show our children’s teachers (or our own) how much we appreciate them! While giving the typical gift card is perfectly appropriate, sometimes we want to do a little bit more to show our love for the teachers. The Gift Insider is bringing you the perfect gifts to show teacher appreciation!

1. For the “young-at-heart” teacher
Adult coloring books are ALL the rage this year and this one is a personal TGI favorite. Stunning patterns made by ColorIt, free your creativity and relax the mind. Perfect for the youthful teacher that wants to de-stress from the year in a unique way.

Colorit Adult Coloring Books

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 7.01.51 PM

TGI // 10% Off Code

2. For the “organized” teacher
Let’s face it; it is easy to buy gifts for teachers that help organize their busy lives. We’ve listed our three favorite gifts for the organizational fiends.

The Day Designer Planner

38366415_018_b

The Kate Spade Stapler

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 6.16.14 PM

 The Mint Poppin Desk Set

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 6.14.11 PM

3. For the “active” teacher
S’well water bottles are everywhere right now and trust us; where there’s smoke, there’s fire. These water bottles keep hot liquids hot for up to twelve hours and cold liquids ice cold for up to twenty-four. Bonus- we’ve heard that the 24oz. ones can hold a full bottle of wine (let the teachers thank you later).

S’well Croc Water Bottle

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 6.13.03 PM

4. For the English teacher

These personalized Mark and Graham journals are the perfect gift for the teachers that love to write. Set with a cherry wood veneer and stuffed with thick Italian paper, these are not your typical drugstore notebooks. Say thank you by (stylishly) giving them the tools to express their thoughts.

Mark and Graham Cherry Wood Journals

img69o

5. For the “luxury-loving” teacher
Every teacher could use a luxurious tool to help them relax and unwind from their crazy days. Bath bombs are perfect at the end of the day, and nice shaving kits are the best way to start your day off on a good note. These are two options for the male and female teachers that we love.

For Her: Organic Bath Bomb Gift Set

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 6.56.43 PM

For Him: The Man Can

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 6.24.22 PM

Teachers, we want to hear from you! Comment below the best gifts you’ve ever been given at school!

Share:

Apr 25 2016

2016 Gift Guide: Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

MothersDay2

Your mamma gave you life. Give her something good. We’ve rounded up some unique picks for the person who deserved nothing but the best.

1. Fleurings Vase Jewerly

MG_0355

Fleurings vase jewelry is a collection of earrings, necklaces and hairpieces designed to hold water and keep flowers fresh. Designed by Samantha Lockwood, actress and Bikram Yoga teacher who loves wearing flowers. Simply add water & any favorite flowers to match any outfit.  $65-$95. Available at Fleurings.com

2. Pass Down Journal

IMG_1044_large (1)

Cherish Mom or Grandma’s past and help pass on their stories and memories for the future with this hardcover Pass Down Journal. It’s full of 100 life interview questions that guides the writer in capturing their life story so they can pass on for future generations. $29

TGI Deal // Free Shipping & Use Code GIFTINSIDER15 for 15% off on 1 book & GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off 2 or more

Available at passdownjournal.com

3. Bloom Rose Box That Lasts

 

Heinau-RoseBox-Lavender

One of our absolute favorite discoveries this year, we are love everything about these Blooms by Heinau real flower arrangements that are guaranteed to last 6 months or longer. Their new luxury rose box is perfect for moms office, powder room or nightstand.  $148. Available at bloomsbyheinau.com

4. Monogram Photo Notebook by Minted

MIN-X3D-NBK-001E_A_PD

Get Mom organized with a customizable notebook planner. Minted lets you choose your cover design with a name and any of your own photos. It’s the perfect gift for moms or grandma’s who want as many photos of their kiddies as possible.  All designed by Independent Artists. $16. Available at Minted.com

5. Temperature Regulating Sheets

luxegraphite (1)

 

This Detroit based, Reverie, company is all about helping you have a great nights sleep. Their luxe performance bed sheets are temperature regulating, breathable and moisture wicking. They are made with RevTek™ cool knit for luxurious performance. Available at Reverie.com

6. Kiss Instawave Automatic Curling Iron 

15672850

 

Genius! We need it. Mom needs it. The Kiss Instawave is an automatic curler that curls hair without you having to twist, fumble or do much at all. You place hair on wand, push button and automatically catches and curls hair. Quick, easy and perfect for Mom who likes a little curl but isn’t a pro at a styling. $45. Available at Amazon

7. Hydration Tracking Mug

pryme-line-clip-poster-720

For the mom who is always up on the latest health and fitness gadgets, the Pryme Vessyl is the new, genius gift she’ll love. It’s a brand new smart to-go mug that intelligently tracks hydration in real time, so makes sure you are drinking enough water all day long. It integrates with popular fitness apps like Jawbone or HealthKit to make sure you are staying hydrated even when mom’s too busy to think about herself. $99. Available at MyVessyl and select apple stores

8. Circuit DIY Cutting Machine

416SQvDNq-L

This is the perfect gift for the DIY, pinterest loving, crafty mom. Mom can use to make cards, invitations, decor, favors, etc. You design a project, pick your material, then cut and assemble. So many amazing DIY ideas we can think of to use this for!
Machines start at $179. Available at Cricut

Watch The Gift Insider on WXYZ Detroit and Fox Chicago sharing our picks. Tune into Fox Chicago on May 4th to see more ideas.

Browse our other favorite gifts for mom in our Mother’s Day and For Mom pages on TGI.

Share:

Search

TGI on TV

Also Seen On


Categories

Favorite Posts